Maison des Ardoisières - Silice 2018
The Silice is like tasting freshly squeezed juice running off a glacier.
Estates like Domaine des Ardoisières are increasingly making the case that Savoie is a making world class wines alike Burgundy or Jura. The Domaine was born from the replanting, in 1998, of the Cevins hillside, six hectares of mica schists in terraces between Albertville and Moutiers, undertaken by Michel Grisard. Arrived in 2003 to assist the latter, Brice Omont, agricultural engineer from Champagne, has invested without counting in the project and has found himself since 2008 at the head of an estate which now has 16 hectares. Biodynamic viticulture is heroic here (the slope can reach 60 degrees inclination), the yields are very low, the wines mainly from grape varieties planted and blended. Silice is a new project, from rented vineyard of Jacquère, moving towards organic farming.
The Bouquet is plush and focused driving you through white floral, preserved lemons; white peach and crushed stone heading to salty sea spray minerals. The palate speaks of its alpine origin with intense white peach and nectarine fruits, salty and zesty lemon peel acidity and its crushed stone and almond meal finish. It can be paired with roast poultry, rich oysters, crayfish, scallops and white fish. You can drink it now by decanting it 30 minutes before serving or cellar it up until 2025+. 100% Jacquere.
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